For almost a century the top stars came from one of four entertainment streams. They rose from the worlds of movies, television, stage, and concert. The ascendancy of their star was dependent on talent scouts, agents, and old-fashioned luck.
Don’t feel bad if you’re a little late to this new path to superstardom. It has happened almost overnight. In the last few years, Rosanna Pansino’s Nerdy Nummies, Lilly Singh’s IISuperwomanII, and Lindsey Stirling’s violin have made them millionaires twice over. What do their channels have in common? Only their popularity that has spread globally.
While there is no sign that the popularity of Pansino, Singh, and Stirling is waning, Gildshire Magazines wanted to step ahead of the curve to see what may be coming. These are the digital stars we expect to break out next. Check them out!
1. Liza Koshy: Young Ms. Koshy uses quick-take one-liner humor to skewer everything from relationships to toilet paper. Her latest YouTube was a Q&A shot in a grocery store at 12:30 a.m. She is an excellent deadpan comic, worth a look.
2. Isaac Live: How fast is this digital star thing exploding? Isaac Live posted his first video in mid-2016 and gained 1.2 million subscribers in six weeks. His YouTube channel is prank-heavy. His girlfriend Rachel gets the pointy end of the joke on occasion.
3. Dude Perfect: Cory Cotton, aka Dude Perfect, invites his friends to take part in inventive sports-themed games and pranks. His channel is mostly light-hearted fun, albeit with the occasional (sometimes more than occasional) bit of crotch-shot humor. Mr. Cotton’s success, unlike most of the other ones we are featuring, wasn’t overnight. He has been posting videos for seven years.
4. Wengie: Wengie is nothing short of disarmingly adorable. What else can be said about videos that include such gems as, “This afternoon I napped and dribbled on my arm?” She is from Australia, and her channel is an eclectic smorgasbord. What does she discuss with her friends/fans? Such cutting edge topics as “Life Hacks Every Lazy Person Should Know,” and her menstrual cycle gets hashed over. She shares easy recipes, as well.
5. Casey Neistat: Neistat is one of the most prolific video uploads on the list. He has 700+ videos ranging from calling out his 7th GradeVice-Principal (who never believed in Casey) to acrobatic stunts performed by some of Casey’s crew. Casey also uses his channel to promote his fledgling filmmaking career. Interspersed with the self-reverential stuff are some valuable sermonettes on perseverance.
6. Niall Horan: This one almost isn’t fair. Mr. Horan knew a great deal of fame when he was a part of One Direction, but as a Youtube solo star, he is a newbie. His videos are lyrical melody and simple guitar licks, interrupted by interviews and personal takes. Mr. Horan’s “This Town” video has scored over 7,000,000 views.
7. MrGear: Bill Nye the Science Guy meets MacGuyver on this highly entertaining channel. MrGear shows us how to break a padlock with two wrenches, and what a 1000 degree knife blade can cut through. (Spoiler: The poor ping-pong ball didn’t have a chance. The post-its were a game, though.)
8. Brave Wilderness: With a name like Coyote Peterson what else could this guy have chosen as a way to make a living? Could he have been an accountant? No, he was predestined to be an adventurer. On his Brave Wilderness channel, Peterson has close, and sometimes painful encounters with some of Mother Nature’s fiercest animals. At best it is an educational look at wildlife. At worst, one wonders if Coyote Peterson’s isn’t going to be the next tragic Steve Irwin story.